March 22 – 28

Scroll below for our Tuesday through Monday guide of what to do and where to go for Moms, couples, kids and for the whole family. Check back often as we update on the regular. This week is all about the Easter Bunny so where is your family hopping around to? Like what you see? Share us with your friends and community!

Through Saturday:

Monday – Saturday from 10am – 8pm: Photos with the Easter Bunny Stop by Bunnyville in Center Court and have your photo taken with the Easter Bunny March 4 – 26. Photo packages start at just $22. West Farms Mall, West Farms.

Monday – Friday from 11am – 8pm and Saturday from 11am – 6pm: Photos with the Easter Bunny Hop on over to visit with the Easter Bunny! Pre-order photos to get double the prints and save. See the Easter Bunny the smart way! Save over 30% on your photo package by pre-purchasing online. Plus, save even more when you make a reservation to visit before March 24. Photo purchase and reservations are not required to visit the Easter Bunny. Friday, March 25, Saturday, March 19 and 26 extended hours from 10am – 9pm. The Easter Bunny may take occasional carrot breaks. Pet Nights: Monday, March 14 and 21 from 5pm – close. Cats and dogs only, please. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills, Manchester.

Tuesday, March 22:

7:30am – 4pm: 9th Annual Greater Hartford Women’s Conference is a day of professional and personal development, education and networking for women of all ages.  Presented by the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce, our goal is to make this event dynamic, not only with highly recognized speakers, but with outstanding opportunities to learn more and grow professionally. $95 per person. Maneeley’s Banquet Facility, South Windsor.

9:30 -10:30am and 11:30am -12:30pm: Happy Easter! Toddler Class! It’s that time of year again! Kids will decorate bunny cookies and dye Easter eggs. Each child will also make a recycled bird house to take home! Ages 2-5. $15 per child (must be accompanied by an adult) Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

10:30am: The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits This sweet lyrical story follows a family of rabbits as they have fun doing everyday things like digging holes, building snow rabbits, thumping their feet, and more. But as the day comes to an end, their favorite thing to do is say, “goodnight” with a hug and a kiss. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

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12 – 1pm: Freedom or Death: Suffrage for All Connecticut was a hot spot during the fight for women’s right to vote, leading to Englishwoman Emmeline Pankhurst’s fiery “Freedom or Death” speech in Hartford. Writer Steve Thornton will explore the impact of what has been called “one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century.” He will be joined by Mary Barneby, CEO of Girl Scouts of Connecticut Inc., and Carolyn Treiss of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women for a panel discussion following his talk. Connecticut’s Old State House, Hartford.

4 – 5:30pm: Easter Extravaganza Children age 8 and under will be given a map of Stew Leonard’s and a bag to collect Easter treats from costumed characters throughout the store, including Wow the Cow, Cynthia Chick, and Daphne Duck among others. Each child will receive prizes ranging from candy and board games to toys and gift cards.  One lucky child will win the Extravaganza’s top prize: a $200 gift card to Toys R Us! Parents please note: some of the candy included in the eggs may contain peanuts. After the Extravaganza is complete, parents are invited to take photos of their children with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Extravaganza is free to the community. Stew Leonard’s, Newington.

Tuesday, March 22 – Sunday, March 27:

{PTO} Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday – Saturday at 8pm, Saturday – Sunday at 2:30pm: Sex with Strangers Olivia is an attractive 30-something with a writing career that never took off. Ethan is a young writer whose online journals of “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. As their attraction heats up, both confront the dark side of ambition and the trouble of reinventing yourself when the past is only a click away. This show contains two characters with intense physical chemistry. 2 hours (including intermission). $40-65 per tickets. Runs until April 17th. TheaterWorks, Hartford.

Wednesday, March 23:

9:30am – 12pm: The Women’s Code presents The Successful Creative Entrepreneur with Beate Chelette At her lowest point, Beate was a single mom with $135,000 in debt. Just 18 months later, she sold her image licensing business to Bill Gates in a multimillion dollar deal. Her key to success? Beate has uncovered German-engineered, battle-tested strategies that make clients hungry for everything you have to offer. Beate’s next venture? Supporting you in growing your income to six figures as a creative entrepreneur. During this event Beate will answer the question, “What can we do today to improve your quality of life and fatten YOUR bank account?” $25 before 3/23, $30 at the door (cash/checks only). University of Hartford; Wilde Auditorium, West Hartford.

10 – 11am: Salamander Spring At the first warm spring rain, the salamanders start to move to their vernal pools. There are several salamanders that live in Connecticut.  Learn about their life cycle and what they like to eat. $15 per child. Ages 1.5 – 4. Pre-registration is recommended. Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury.

11am: Easter Join us to read about the Easter Bunny! Activities and coloring will follow the reading. Buckland Hills Mall; Barnes & Noble, Manchester.

7pm: Wolf Pack vs. Providence Bruins XL Center, Hartford.

Thursday, March 24:

4 – 6pm: Family Purim Party Come celebrate Purim with the JCC! Dress up as your favorite storybook or Purim character and join us for Purim merrymaking! Hamantashen Factory, face painting, games, crafts and light snacks. Free and open to the community. Mandell JCC, West Hartford.

5pm: Purim on the Red Carpet Get your picture taken with the stars Mordechai and Esther, now starring in the epic story of Purim. Walk the red carpet dressed as a star! Co-sponsored by Agudas Achim, Beth David, Chabad House, Hebrew High School, United Synagogues and Young Israel of West Hartford. $25 adult, $18 student, $12 child, $65 family. Hebrew High School of New England, West Hartford.

5:30pm: Twilight Eggstravaganza Jack, the Spring Bunny will be visiting Salmon Brook Park. Children from 2-12 can participate in egg hunts, face painting, bounce house activities, a science demonstration and get a picture with our Spring Bunny! This event is sponsored by the Granby Recreation Department and Bounce About of Canton. The event is free, but the Salmon Brook Park Concession Stand will be open with burgers, hotdogs, pizza, snacks, and drinks for sale throughout the evening. Festivities will begin at Salmon Brook Park at 5:30pm.There will be an egg hunt for 2 year olds at 6:15pm, an egg hunt for children ages 3-5 about 6:50pm, join us in the Pond House at 7pm for an exciting demonstration from Mad Science and a Flashlight Egg Hunt for children ages 6-12 after dusk, about 7:45pm.  All children participating in the hunts should bring their own basket or sack to collect the hidden eggs, older (ages 6-12) children will need to bring their own flashlight as well. There will be prizes for special golden eggs found during the hunts. Salmon Brook Park, Granby.

5:30 – 7:15pm: Gender Bias in Juvenile Justice Girls are the fastest growing group in the juvenile justice system and often experience disparities in sentencing and treatment. Among girls in the system, girls of color are more likely to receive harsher treatment and sentencing. Is the juvenile justice system failing girls? How can we challenge inequities in juvenile justice? Join the conversation with featured guest Mallory LaPierre, Policy Associate, CT Juvenile Justice Alliance and Kimball Robbins, Regional Manager of Juvenile Probation and Gender Responsive Probation Supervisor, State of CT Judicial Branch. Free. Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford.

6:30pm: Flashlight Egg Hunt Hop on down to the Town Green for an Easter Egg Hunt in the dark. Bring the children and a flashlight to search for all the eggs and candy. All children the ages of 1-12 are welcome. Enjoy an evening filled with arts and crafts and games. The Egg Hunt will begin at 7:30pm. Bring your own camera and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Town Green, Windsor.

7pm: Jimmie Johnson Pullback Car Bring your child to Lowe’s for our first Thursday night clinic!  We’ll be building this awesome replica of Jimmie Johnson’s #48 Lowe’s Superman Chevrolet which features Jimmie’s special paint scheme from the Auto Club 400! Free. Register online as space is limited. Lowe’s Home Improvement Locations.

7 – 8:30pm: Beneath the Gavel is an interactive performance piece about high-end art auctions and the extraordinary adventures that happen when fine art meets fine-ance. Using the artwork from our Permanent Collection as inspiration, Bated Breath Theatre Company will bring the audience into the hushed halls of a high-end auction house and dramatize the undercurrents, mixed motives, and tensions of high-stakes bidding on works of art. Audience members may engage directly in the action if they choose, bidding on works that will be won with fake money. Meanwhile, the differing perspectives of artists, collectors, auctioneers and many others will come together for an experience that is active, hilarious, serious, and immersive. Beneath the Gavel will remind audience members why they love art and will celebrate the artists, curators, dealers, and collectors who bring the excitement to the public. This is the Museum’s third collaboration with Bated Breath Theatre Company. $25 per person. New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain.

Friday, March 25:

9 – 11:30am: Imperial Oil and Plumbing Egg Hunt 9am is for special needs participants. 10am for 2 year olds, 10:15am for 3 year olds, 10:30am for 4 year olds, 10:45am for kids in kindergarten, 11am for kids in first grade and 11:15am for kids in second grade. This is a free event! Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to South Windsor’s Food Bank. South Windsor High School, South Windsor.

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10am – 1pm: Easter Egg Hunt Join us for an egg hunt! Hunt for hidden eggs and trade them in for a prize!  Children’s activities, a small petting farm and games are all included in the admission price. This is a candy-free event! $5 per child. Barnes Nature Center, Bristol.

11am – 1pm: Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Bunny Visit Children ages 1-10 are invited to participate. One adult is permitted to assist children ages 1-6. Limit of five eggs per child; parents are requested to monitor, observe and take photos, but encourage the kids to find eggs on their own. All participants need to bring their own bag/basket; strollers will not be allowed in the designated egg hunt areas. The Easter Egg Hunt is free with a paid admission. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, visit with the Easter Bunny and pose for pictures from 11am to 3pm. A variety of activities will be offered including hands-on Build and Fly Challenges, open cockpit experiences aboard real aircraft, aircraft quests, and more! The Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will also be open between 11am and 3pm. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls and is suitable for ages 10 and up. The Museum’s Ercoupe full-motion flight simulator built from a real aircraft will also be open between 11am and 3pm. In addition, docents will be on hand to interact with the visitors. New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks.

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12 – 2pm: Museum Kid’s Scavenger Hunt Follow the clues to the candy stash. Canton Historical Museum, Collinsville.

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7pm: The Story of the Easter Bunny A little white rabbit watches and helps an old couple make chocolate and paint Easter eggs. As each year passes the little white rabbit helps out a little bit more until he becomes the Easter Bunny, with the help of a few furry friends. Barnes & Noble, Enfield.

7:15pm: Wolf Pack vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers XL Center, Hartford.

Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27:

Friday- Saturday from 10am – 4pm and Sunday from 1 – 4pm: Eggs, Eggs & more Eggs! Scavenger Hunt Spring is the season of eggs – bird eggs, frog eggs, turtle eggs, fish eggs! Help us find them and learn about the animals that laid them. We have scattered egg clues around the trail (if weather permits) or inside the Nature Center for you to find. Scavenger Hunt Map will be sold in Nature Center Store for $2 plus admission to the Nature Center. No need to pre-register. Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton.

Saturday, March 26:

7am – 2pm: Windsor High Schoool Boy’s Lacrosse Fundraising Event Please help support the Windsor High School Boy’s Lacrosse Team by having Breakfast, lunch or both at Dom’s Broad Street Eatery. Dom’s is located next to Geissler’s in the center of town. Come and meet some of the players. All monies raised will help fund the cost of the program. Dom’s Broad Street Eatery, Windsor.

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10am – 4:30pm: Easter Bunny Fun Day Come and meet the Easter Bunny. How about an Easter Egg with a surprise and create a small craft. Have your face painted or a tattoo perhaps. Try our the bubble and train tables. Ride the trolleys! Children under 2 are $3, children ages 2-12 are $8, adults $10. Admission includes trolley rides. Connecticut Trolley Museum, Windsor.

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10:30am – 12pm and 1 – 2:30pm: Da Vinci Saturday Youth Workshops: Crash Test Racers What happens when you are not an egg-cellent driver? Design a super-fast race car that can also protect your driver from becoming a scrambled egg during a crash! Join us for Leonardo da Vinci-inspired hands-on youth workshops in our Da Vinci Workshop space inside the Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion traveling exhibit! Kids will put their creativity to the test as they design and create their own machines and inventions to overcome obstacles. Sign up for one workshop, or save money and time by pre-registering for a package of three of our workshops! See the descriptions below. Children in grades 3 through 5 (8–11 years old). Register in advance at $20 per session or $30 day of. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

11am: What To Do With a Box Storytime If you give a child a box, who knows what will happen next? It may become a library or a boat. It could set the scene for a fairy tale or a wild expedition. Click here to learn more about this picture book. Barnes & Noble locations.

11am – 12:30pm: Whose Egg Is It Egg Hunt Take a short hike and search for brightly colored eggs filled with treats as well as decorated and camouflaged eggs that resemble wild bird eggs that are all carefully hidden along the trails. With the help of our egg chart, identify the bird eggs you find and place them in the appropriate nest (artificial). Learn about the birds that are returning to Connecticut after a cold winter. $3 per person (Windsor resident) or $5 per person (non-resident). Northwest Park, Windsor.

11am – 2pm: 20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Follow the Easter Bunny to Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor on Route 4 in Farmington for our 20th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Kids can hunt for over 15,000 Easter Eggs filled with Chocolate and Prizes with your $2 donation to the Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary. The Hunt is hosted by WRCH’s Mike Stacy with start times as follows: 11:15am: 2 and under, 12pm:3 – 4 year olds, 12:45: 5 – 6 year olds (children only), 1:15pm:  7-9 year olds (children only) and 2:15:     Sensory Friendly and all accessible (adults as needed). Free face painting with Fun-E-Faces – donations appreciated. Free bounce house courtesy of Bounce About – donations appreciated. $3 Tie-Dye Vanilla Ice Cream Cones. Pictures with the Easter Bunny with HH Photography to benefit Our Companions Domestic Animal Sanctuary; $10. Farmington Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor, Farmington.

11am – 2pm: Changing your Mind Sarah A. Raskin, Ph.D. ABPP/ABCN, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program Trinity College Make brain caps and pipe cleaner neurons, and use prism goggles to see how brain plasticity works. Connecticut Science Center, Hartford.

12 – 1:30pm: Is Your Lifestyle Killing You? It’s time for a Reset. What if your lifestyle is killing you and you don’t even realize it? If you are like most North Americans, it probably is, but what if we told you that you could make drastic changes for your health in just 21 days? Would you do it? Come to this free Advanced Workshop taught by TFC’s Dr Allie and Learn: How to rediscover your youth, maximize your energy, lose the weight you want to, and prevent chronic disease. Get the 21-Day Spring Reset Challenge, along with the support you need to live the healthy lifestyle of your dreams. The 21- day Spring Reset will: Strengthen your immune system. Support your vital organs. Help you eliminate unhealthy cravings and support healthy brain chemistry. Slow the effects of aging. Lose weight and feel great. Restore your antioxidants. RSVP. TFC Health Foods, Farmington.

1 – 2pm: CFPA Ramble: Salter’s Pond Adventure Enjoy a slow to moderately paced hike with some historic commentary at this former millpond. Salter’s Pond got its name from Lorenzo T. Salter who, in partnership with Mr. Strong, founded the Salter and Strong Paper Mill, which became Lydall Paper Mill. The pond and adjacent land is owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust. Many “North Enders” learned to swim at this pond before the modern pool was built. Come enjoy a walk down memory lane. The walk may be wet depending on the weather, and hikers should wear sturdy waterproof footwear. The route is not mountainous, but does have stairs and bumpy spots, where roots stick out, so participants need to be agile. The walk will take about 1 hour round trip. No dogs, please. Free. Salter’s Pond, Manchester.

6:30pm: Indian Rock’s 11th Annual Comedy Night Featuring comedians Johnny Lampert and Tina Giorgi. $60 per person included dinner and show. All proceeds benefit the ELCCT Educational Programs. Cash bar starts at 6:30pm, buffet dinner starts at 7:15pm, show is at 9pm. Click here fore the flyer. DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol.

7:30pm: Rihanna is bringing her Anti-World Tour to the XL Center with special guest Travis Scott. XL Center, Hartford.

Saturday, March 26 – Sunday, March 27:

{Last Call} 10am – 4pm: Open Sugarhouse at Northwest Park Learn the art and skill of maple sugaring from Chuck Drake, our sugarhouse expert. Admission is free. Northwest Park, Windsor.

{Last Call} Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12 – 5pm: Watch Maple Syrup Being Made Guests can enjoy complementary Hot Maple Coffee and Hot Chocolate and also sample our products. Rain or shine. Lamothe’s Sugar House, Burlington.

Sunday, March 27:

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